Concert

The Checkout - Live at Berklee: Seamus Blake

Wednesday / December 7, 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Famed New York area NPR jazz station WGBO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org and Berklee College of Music are teaming up to present the first ever NPR concert series showcasing Berklee alumni. The Checkout - Live at Berklee, broadcast live from Berklee's Red Room @ Cafe 939, will bring critically acclaimed, New York-based performers back to Berklee for performances broadcast live in New York to WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM/wbgo.org's 350,000 listeners and streamed worldwide on NPRmusic.org. The shows will also be audio podcast from Checkoutjazz.org and from NPRmusic.org. 

New York-based tenor saxophonist and composer Seamus Blake is widely recognized as one of the finest exponents of contemporary jazz. Born in England and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Blake is a Berklee graduate. In 2002, he took the first prize in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. His recent album, Live in Italy, described as "one of the elute albums of the year," earned a 4.5/5 stars rating in Down Beat. A longstanding member of the acclaimed Mingus Big Bands, he continues to work with this group and a host of others. John Scofield, in whose Quiet Band Blake appears, has called him, "extraordinary, a total saxophonist." 

Watch Seamus Blake perform at Berklee in this video:

Admission: 
$10 General Admission, $5 w/ Berklee ID

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Saturday / September 24, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Beantown Jazz Festival
6 Blocks, Starting at Columbus and Mass. Avenues
Boston
United States

Berklee Summer in the City culminates with Boston's biggest and best block party, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. Launched in 2000, BeanTown has delighted tens of thousands with a mix of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts. Berklee students and faculty have shared the stage with such jazz greats as Herbie Hancock, Claudia Acuña, Mike Stern, Donald Harrison, Kenny Garrett, Delfeayo Marsalis, Bobby Hutcherson, and Geri Allen. The city comes out in force—more than 70,000 strong in 2010—to enjoy world-class music on three stages, great food, and good times stretching six blocks in Boston's historic South End. It is a family-friendly affair with face painting, inflatable rides, and an educational instrument petting zoo. For the full schedule of events, check out beantownjazz.org/schedule.html.

Admission: 
Free

Nona Hendryx

Saturday / September 25, 2010 / 3:30 p.m.
Target Stage
681 Columbus Ave.
Boston
MA
United States
02120
Nona Hendryx

From her beginnings with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles (the sweethearts of the Apollo Theater); to LaBelle (a trio with Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash); followed by a stunning solo career; and then an induction into the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame in 1999, Nona Hendryx has always been on the cutting edge of music. Her songs are edgy, provocative, political, and full of double entendres and empowering messages that enabled the trio to break the traditional girl-group mold. Their stage show was the forerunner of the epic productions we expect today, and they were the only contemporary black group to take their Wear Something Silver show to New York's prestigious Metropolitan Opera House and to major theaters and opera houses across the world. Labelle racked up three gold albums and a No. 1 worldwide hit with "Lady Marmalade (Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?)." Recently, Hendryx toured festivals in Europe with the Daughters of Soul (Sandra St. Victor, Indira Khan, Lisa Simone, Lalah Hathaway, and Joyce Kennedy), toured in the U.S with Cyndi Lauper on the True Colors tour, and reunited with Patti Labelle and Sarah Dash for a 2008-2009 tour.

Watch Nona Hendryx's perform "Let's Give Love a Try" at the Beantown Jazz Festival: 

Admission: 
Free

The Whispers / Bernard Fullen Jr.

Saturday / May 31, 2014 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

One of the world's longest-running soul vocals groups, the Whispers, is celebrating 50 years in the industry. The group is known for its smooth, soulful ballads and remains one of the premier R&B groups to ever grace the stage. It is arguably one of the most celebrated R&B vocal groups of its generation, with such hits as "Keep On Lovin' Me," "And the Beat Goes On," and "Rock Steady," to name a few.

Bernard Fullen, Jr. began his singing career at age 8. He sang with Jeffrey Osborne, and Chubby and the Turnpikes, which later became Tavares. Fullen and his band Prymal Funk 2 will perform a tribute to Teddy Pendergrass of the Blue Notes.

Andrés López

Friday / June 22, 2007 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

An evening of comedy with Andrés López as he brings his La Pelota de Letras tour to the United States. Presented by Amazing Latino and Desho Productions. Tickets: $55, $45, reserved seating.

Daniel Rotem

Thursday / August 2, 2012 / 5:30 p.m.
Wakefield Library
345 Main Street
Wakefield
MA
United States
01880
Daniel Rotem

Born in 1990, saxophonist Daniel Rotem was accepted into the Thelma Yellin High School for Arts in Tel Aviv. As a member of  Thelma Yellin's Big Band, Rotem performed at two international events: the IAJE Annual Conference in Toronto and the SAJE in Capetown. He was also awarded an honors scholarship for 2007-2008 at the Shtricker Conservatory in Tel Aviv and a scholarship for the Berklee Summer Performance Program. He graduated with honors from Thelma Yellin's Jazz Program in 2008.

Rotem was recognized as an Outstanding Musician by the Israel Defense Force (IDF), a privilege granted only to a handful of applicants every year, and allowed to further pursue his interest and talent in music and jazz. During his mandatory military service (2008–2011) Rotem was the leader of a saxophone trio, responsible for marketing the group to different target audiences by creating presentations; initiating rehearsals, recordings, and production sessions; and handling logistics involved with performances all over Israel: setting performance schedules, determining the repertoire for performances, and arranging pieces in a variety of music styles for the group.

In 2009 the Berklee College of Music World Tour arrived in Israel, and after attending auditions Rotem was awarded a full-tuition scholarship. During 2009–2010 he studied at Israel's Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he was awarded a scholarship and had the chance to develop his performance and improvisation skills as well as his composing and arranging abilities.

In January 2010 Rotem had the privilege to meet and perform with saxophonist David Liebman. It was a special experience for him, especially due to the fact that a group tutored by Liebman performed one of his arrangements of a Liebman composition.

The youngest student to reach the finals, Rotem was awarded first place in Rimon's Outstanding Jazz Player Competition. Consequently he had the honor of representing Rimon at the 20th IASJ meeting in the Hague, where he once again met Liebman and had the opportunity to play in an ensemble headed by Reggie Workman.

In the summer of 2009 Rotem participated in the Siena Jazz Workshops, held in Siena, Italy. He had the opportunity to play and study with Lionel Loueke, George Garzone, Scott Colley, John Taylor, and Michael Blake. Upon completing the workshops, Rotem was offered a full scholarship to return for the 2010 program, where he met some of his former teachers but also played and performed with Kenny Werner, Peter Bernstein, Eric Harland, Joel Frahm, and Jeremy Pelt.

In May 2011 Rotem started full-time studies at Berklee towards a bachelor's degree in music and jazz performance, and completed his first two semesters on the school's dean's list. He has performed at different Berklee venues with numerous ensembles, including the Rainbow Big Band led by Phil Wilson, the Concert Jazz Band led by Greg Hopkins (with which he performed and was featured as a soloist in a concert with the great drummer Peter Erskine), and as a featured guest at a joint performance with India.Arie and Israeli composer-singer Idan Raichel. (Rotem also played at concerts with the Idan Raichel Project in Israel in 2011.) Other teachers Rotem has studied and played with at Berklee include Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, Jim Odgren, Ed Tomassi, and Shannon LeClaire.

In January 2012 Rotem performed with the Concert Jazz Band at the JEN (Jazz Education Network) conference in Louisville Kentucky and was a featured soloist. He was also chosen as a finalist in the live auditions for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance master's program held in Los Angeles during February 2012. He was awarded the America-Israel Foundation scholarship for 2010–2011 and 2011–2012, and he is currently studying with Bill Pierce and George Garzone.

Admission: 
Free

Red Oblivion / Helicopria

Thursday / August 9, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Red Oblivion

Red Oblivion is a rock band based out of Boston, Massachusetts, with backgrounds in a multitude of styles including classical, metal, world music, pop, and electronic. Red Oblivion blends a traditional lineup with the heaviness of amplified cello in an evolving and passionate collaboration.

Also taking the stage is rock band Helicopria. Helicopria is influenced by groups like Circa Survive, Paramore, and the Dear Hunter whose music merges rock and electronic genres. They are known for their distinctive sound and highly energetic live shows.

Admission: 
$8 General Public, $5 5 week students

Love Via Dance Machine / Thank Me Later / Weatherstar

Saturday / August 4, 2012 / 3:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Love Via Dance Machine

Four boys from the future have come back to save you from the "modern day pop trash." Beware, for their catchy, fresh, and futuristic sound will entrance all listeners.

Thank Me Later from Cheshire, Connecticut is made up of Matt Mendonca on vocals and rhythm guitar, Andrew Manning on vocals and lead guitar, Dan Tomanelli on bass, and Owen Peters on drums. Their debut album is called One Night Will Remind You.

Also featuring Weatherstar.

Admission: 
$12 Advanced, $15 Day of

The Best of Berklee: Jana Sustersic / Sasha Yatchenko

Saturday / July 21, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Jana Sustersic was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia and raised in Belgrade, Serbia. She will be bringing her signature stage performance and pop/rock sound to the Cafe 939 stage. She started playing the piano at age seven and has won awards all over the world.

 

 

Admission: 
Free

Heavy Rotation Records Showcase: Red Oblivion / Bent Knee / Nikolas

Wednesday / July 25, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Red Oblivion

Berklee-based Heavy Rotation Records brings this showcase of fine music from Boston. Experimental, rock, funk, metal, and indie styles of music will all be on display courtesy of Red Oblivion and Nikolas.

Red Oblivion is a rock band based out of Boston, Massachusetts with backgrounds in a multitude of styles, including classical, metal, world, pop, and electronic. Red Oblivion blends a traditional lineup with the heaviness of amplified cello in an evolving passionate collaboration.

Characterized as a blend of Brandon Boyd, "old skool" John Mayer and a "young" Elvis Costello, Nikolas has something about him that just makes you listen. Nikolas Metaxas established his vocal chops on the hit TV show X Factor (Greece), impressing millions. Shortly after earning second place on the show, he went on to represent Cyprus as a composer in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "Firefly" (Sony-BMG) topping many iTunes charts across Europe. Thought-provoking songwriting, inspiring vocal chops, and a growing fanbase and online presence (27,000 online fans) prove Nikolas is here to stay His first album is titled Square One.

The dark winters of Boston bore a band that crawled out of the womb and called itself Bent Knee. Orchestral textures, haunting vocals, dynamic sound, and presence are the calling card for this twisted little group. When taken to the stage, seven creatures sawing away on their instruments make for an immersive journey and an intimate conversation all at once.

Admission: 
Free

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